Big projects are in the works for a 21-year-old local.
 
Self taught artist Grady Wallace has always been artistic and has taken his work seriously since high school.
 
"Lots of spare time went to drawing, then the spray paint and stenciling started to come about and I just fell in love with it," said Wallace.
 
His unique technique involves spray painting in different layers using stencils that are carefully cut out with a precision knife. 
 
Wallace was chosen as an artist to take part in The Vignette Design Series Showcase, which highlights local design culture in Edmonton.
 
Each of the rooms in the series will have a team consisting of an interior designer, a woodworker, an artist and a contractor to design and execute a high-end IKEA room.
 
15 teams are competing in the competition in downtown Edmonton from September 22 to October 15; the show will be open to the public. Part of this project will feature two large-scale bison, which will be Wallace's first official mural.
 
Wallace's unique creative style has also landed him a spot on one of Vignette's special projects for the Crash Hotel. The hotel features different themes, Wallace came up with a concept that was chosen for one of the rooms.
 
On the side, the local artist has started a clothing brand inspired to encourage people to be original and unique called RADoriginals, which is branding for his art.
 
"It's made me believe that if you do have a passion, you can go for it," said Wallace. "If you work hard enough, and that's the biggest thing, if you bust your butt for your passion, you can achieve your goals."
 
In 2016, Wallace painted a portrait of Carrie Fisher and brought it to Comic-Con in Edmonton, where the late actress autographed his piece. Fisher would pass away later that year.
 
 

 

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